Festive weeks to Epiphany
Nice party and healthy start …
Christmas is pure emotion in Germany. In the coming weeks, we will see highlights that are closely linked to our Christian worldview. The Advent season follows the Christmas festival with Christmas Eve and two holidays. Then we are slipping to New Year’s Eve to celebrate the ” Epiphany ” on January 6th – so the traditions are over.
“Pure emotion” is not just taking place in our heads. At least as important as the festive atmosphere with singing, churching and spiritual depth is the well-being that reaches us at this time literally abundantly on the abdomen and hip. The weeks before, during and after Christmas have a lot to do with food and drink.
Christmas in Germany, that means not only light on streets and squares, but also on Christmas trees at home. This event is not only characterized by the harmonious singing in churches and families, but also culinary specialties on the menus in families and guesthouses.
The yearly delicacies between the coasts and the Alps range from gingerbread heart to marzipan to Christmas stollen. And to the strong as heavy meals are optional sausage with potato salad, Christmas goose with dumplings and red cabbage or carp dishes on the tables.
The new year is finally greeted with coffee and cakes, sparkling wine and beer, as well as fist-sized deep fried donuts, the “Berliner”, at least one of which may contain mustard instead of jam surprise.
The coming weeks are therefore traditionally experienced in Germany. And the greeting messages which have been offered to them are as general as they are individual:
“Frohe Weihnachten!” (Merry Christmas!)
And on New Year’s Eve:
“Ein frohes neues Jahr”. (Happy New Year)
Or, depending on the region, also:
“Einen guten Rutsch!” (a good and healthy start)